Press releases

Taxation and Customs Union

Direct taxation: Commission requests Czech Republic and Sweden to end discriminatory treatment for pensions

28/10/2010

IP/10/1406 Brussels, 28 October 2010 The European Commission has formally requested the Czech Republic and Sweden to amend discriminatory provisions with regard to the taxation of pensions. The discriminatory regimes in question regard the more favourable ...

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Direct taxation: the European Commission asks Belgium to end two discriminatory arrangements

28/10/2010

IP/10/1403 Brussels, 28October2010 The European Commission has formally asked Belgium to end the discriminatory treatment of non‑residents working in the Flemish Region and the discriminatory treatment concerning the interest paid to other MemberStates' ...

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Direct taxation: The European Commission requests France to review two capping measures

28/10/2010

IP/10/1405 Brussels, 28 October 2010 The European Commission has formally requested France to amend its legislation governing its tax shield (bouclier fiscal) and the capping of the solidarity tax on wealth (ISF - impôt de solidarité sur la fortune) in ...

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Commissioner Šemeta launches Tax Policy Group to push forward fundamental issues in taxation

12/10/2010

IP/10/1312 Brussels, 12 October 2010 Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta will today chair the first meeting of the new Tax Policy Group, which brings together personal representatives of EU Finance Ministers to discuss key tax policy issues....

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Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud "Taxing the Financial Sector" Press Conference Brussels, 7 October 2010

07/10/2010

SPEECH/10/530 Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to present to you today the Commission's vision for the taxation of the financial sector. In recent months, there has been very wide public debate on this issue....

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Commission outlines vision for taxing the financial sector

07/10/2010

IP/10/1298 Brussels, 7 October 2010 Today, the European Commission set out its ideas for the future taxation of the financial sector. Working on the basis that the financial sector needs to make a fair contribution to public finances, and that governments ...

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Questions and answers: Financial Sector Taxation

07/10/2010

MEMO/10/477 Brussels, 7 October 2010 What is a Financial Transactions Tax? A financial transaction tax (FTT) is a tax applied to financial transactions, usually at a very low rate. Financial transaction means any exchange of financial instrument between ...

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Union for the Mediterranean joint customs operation “Sirocco”

01/10/2010

MEMO/10/466 Brussels, 1 October 2010 What is a “joint customs operation”? Joint customs operations are carried out with the aim of specifically targeting smuggling and fraud in certain risky areas and/or on identified trade routes....

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“Operation Sirocco”: 40 million cigarettes seized in joint customs operation

01/10/2010

IP/10/1275 Brussels, 1 October 2010 Around 40 million cigarettes, 1 243kg of hand-rolled tobacco, 7 038 litres of alcohol and 8 million other counterfeit items including clothing, shoes, toys and electronics, were seized during a joint customs cooperation, ...

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Anti-Fraud

Fighting fraud in the EU with a proactive media strategy

15/10/2010

OLAF/10/12 Brussels/Budapest, 15 October 2010 10th OAFCN seminar in Budapest 13-15 October “Proactive media strategies to promote EU-wide anti-fraud messages” was the subject of the OLAF Anti-Fraud Communicators’ Network’s (OAFCN) two-day seminar which ...

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Stepping up the fight against contraband and counterfeit cigarettes

13/10/2010

OLAF/10/11 Brussels/Marseille, 13 October 2010 Stepping up the fight againstcontraband and counterfeit cigarettes Combating the international trade in contraband and counterfeit cigarettes has been the focus of a three day international conference hosted ...

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